Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Thanks to the wonderful chef Raymond Blanc (‘RB’ to all those that work with him) for letting Homes and Gardens (me actually!) photograph the new vegetable garden at his property… he really was a lovely chap, and the garden was gorgeous… feature was in october Homes and Gardens…

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons vegetable garden with Raymond Blanc

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons vegetable garden with Raymond Blanc

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The English Trunk Company Photo Shoot

Earlier this year I spent a lovely day with the owners of a new company that make rather nice covered trunks (furniture, not swimming ;-)  ), photographing the products in a fabulous location house in Sussex.  Super organised, they arrived with products, props and snacks (the most important bit), and we spent the day wandering around the beautiful old house, catching the light and enjoying the atmosphere.  AND, I got paid for that!  whats not to like….

Product Photography in beautiful interior location house

Product Photography in beautiful interior location house

 

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Washing day, Venice style..

Venice is a rambling, maze-like, maddeningly complicated city with no cars, hundreds of bridges and some streets that are only as wide as some of the tourists that try to walk along them.  It has some great bars, some bad food and a lot of crumbling buildings.  It floods a lot, and smells of drains in many places.  It is (nowadays) very expensive, and there are a lot (really, loads) of people crowded into its tiny space.

 

It is also the most amazing city, the most beautiful place on earth (IMHO) and is simply fascinating.  It is the benchmark of photogenic-ness (is there such a word? there should be) and will stay with you forever if you go. It is, quite simply, bonkers…. and their washing day is a sight to behold…

Washing day, Venice Style

Washing day, Venice Style

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Food Photography for Hotels

I’ve done a lot of photography for Harbour Hotels group this year, a small group of luxurious and comfortable seaside hotels.  We’ve done the lot…spas, bars, rooms, staff, restaurant and food photography; the latest shoot was at The Kings Hotel in Christchurch, Dorset.  The restaurants throughout the hotels are run by Alex Aitken and quality is amazing…. consistent , fresh and innovative, the food comes out and I just click the shutter …easy really ;-)  I use a simple set up, no artificial light and we work quickly.  The pressure is on the chefs, who always bring out amazing looking (and tasting!) food.  Here’s one from yesterday…. thanks chef!

Oysters at The Kings Hotel, Christchurch, Dorset

Oysters at The Kings Hotel, Christchurch, Dorset

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Hotel Photography Portfolio

I just created a new printed portfolio for a potential client… take a look, and if you are interested in discussing a possible shoot at your hotel get in touch.  The images include food photography, room photography, lifestyle, exteriors and people… thanks to the excellent Blurb for the production, and to Lightroom for having such a great book building interface…

 

Click on the book beneath and use the ‘Full Screen’ button (next to the Blurb logo at bottom right) to see it much bigger…  thanks

 

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The Summer Dash

Many miles covered, many hotels stayed in, many lenses left behind, many coffees gulped and many hours spent in Lightroom, its my summer dash… nearly there now, I have photographed a few hotels, a few interiors (some for Christmas magazines!) and a few English gardens.  A lovely time of year for photography, but not especially relaxing!  I’m looking forward to a holiday…

Bristol based Interior and Hotal Photography

The Summer Dash… Interior and Hotel Photography in the UK

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Rocket Restaurant Photography, London

I’ve just completed a busy shoot for Rocket Restaurants in London.  It’s a small chain of up market cocktail bars selling excellent food, great atmosphere and smart drinks. Based in Bishopsgate, Canary Wharf and the City, the interiors are sharp and cool, (as are the staff!) and the food modern and generous.  We had just two days to get a selection of photographs, so it was quick work…. natural light wherever possible, combined with simple and easy styling…. the results are great, and will look spot on in the new website.  Thanks to all the staff for the smiley faces and helpfulness!

Interiors, food and drinks at Rocket Restaurants, London

Interiors, food and drinks at Rocket Restaurants, London

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Beach details at Gara Rock, Devon

Wonderful weeks holiday in Devon, and a trip (in fact many!) to one of my favourite beaches in the South Hams, at Gara Rock.  Its all in the details… (its all in the family too… check out the beach and wave art on my sister’s site )

Beach detail Photography at Gara Rock, South Devon

Beach detail Photography at Gara Rock, South Devon

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Kitchen Photography in Cornwall

I have just spent a lovely couple of days in the company of ‘Richard Winfrey of Helston’, kitchen makers extraordinaire, photographing their work for the new website.  We were in and around the beautiful Lizard and Truro, and the seaside setting is an apt one for Richard, who trained as a boat builder.  The weather wasn’t amazing, but thats one of the skills of a good interior photographer… work with the light and turn it to your advantage!  The brilliant Richard Elwell of Elbury Design was there to style the shoot, and the equally brilliant Brush moved things along with aplomb…

Kitchen Photography in Cornwall for Richard Winfrey

Kitchen Photography in Cornwall for Richard Winfrey

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Warbler Leather Camera Straps

I am happy to announce that finally, Warbler Camera Straps are available through my new online shop… its taken me months to organise… designing the products, getting prototypes made, then checked, then redesigned… finding nice recycled packaging, making the website (thanks Shopify!), shooting the products, testing and more testing.  There are just three designs at the moment (more to come) and two different colours.  Please take a look and let me know what you think.  You can even follow Warbler on Twitter and Facebook… and of course, you can even BUY one! perfect Father’s Day gifts I think.  I have wanted to do this for ages (I have never really found the perfect strap for my many cameras and this led me on to make my own) and its a great relief to finally see the website up and running.  The straps are handmade by an artisan in Bristol, and we are therefore proud to say that these straps are ‘Made in England’!

Handmade Leather Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather ‘Dartford’ Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather ‘Whitethroat’ Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather Camera Strap made by Warbler

Handmade Leather Camera Strap made by Warbler

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